The Toyota Avanza is classified as a mini MPV and is designed by Daihatsu. This vehicle is produced in Indonesia, contracted assembled in Malaysia, but only for the first generation. The Avanza is both designed and manufactured by Daihatsu and Toyota jointly under the Xenia and Avanza nameplates. Starting out as a new model developed as an entry-level MPV, the Avanza replaced the Kijang and has gone on to be one of the more popular vehicles from this automaker. Some of the other places where this vehicle has been sold include Thailand, Philippines, Mexico, Egypt, Peru, Sri Lanka, and a number of countries throughout Africa.
As of October 2011, there have been a total of 1 million Avanza units sold in places all around the world. This vehicle was initially introduced in December of 2003 as a 5-door MPV model with a front engine rear-wheel drive layout. The first generation Avanza uses a 1.3 liter K3-VE gasoline inline-four engine with a maximum power output of 92 PS or 91 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. There is also a 1.5 liter SZ-VE gasoline engine that is capable of producing up to 109 PS at 6,000 rpm.
At the time of the Avanza’s launch in Indonesia, booking increased up to six months as came in two different models, the 1.3 E and 1.3 G. This vehicle eventually became known as one of the best selling vehicles in Indonesia’s history. Near the end of the third quarter in 2006, the Toyota Avanza was restyled with a new grille, front rear lamps, bumpers, and an updated interior with some fairly high-quality materials and a different layout. The 2006 1.5 S version of this vehicle received a new 1.5 liter 16-valve DOHC VVT-I gasoline engine, which was similar to that of the Rush SUV, as well as a new anti-lock braking system. Both the 1.3 E and 1.3 G models of this vehicle came equipped with the 1.3 liter 16-valve DOHC VVT-I gasoline engine.
In Malaysia, this vehicle was available in a certain number of models, including the 1.5 G, 1.5 S with an automatic transmission and the 1.5 E and 1.3 E in automatic and manual transmission. The Philippines also saw the launch of this vehicle and in this part of the world it was offered in two different trim levels, including the J line, which uses a 1.3 liter engine and no power windows or locks.
The Philippine version of the Avanza is only available with a manual transmission, and the G line uses a 1.5 liter engine and is available with both a 5-speed manual transmission as well as a 4-speed automatic transmission. The J line models of this vehicle were made available with a third row seat in 2008. This line of cars is commonly used for metered taxis in the Philippines, though many people have mistaken them for UV vehicles with a dedicated route. This vehicle was updated in 2008 with a brand new ceiling which included grooves to improve overall airflow as well as a folding seats in the back.
The second and most current generation of this vehicle features increased dimensions as well as more of a passenger car type design. This vehicle was launched in November of 2011 in Jakarta, Indonesia and this generation is available as the E, G, and Veloz which replaced the S trim. The G and Veloz models both come with luxury versions which were introduced in June of 2014. These luxury vehicles have a number of features which make them incredibly popular. Although many things have changed about this vehicle over the years, it is still a very reliable and sturdy vehicle as a whole.